EU: The measures against Kosovo will be in force until there is no reason for them

EU: The measures against Kosovo will be in force until there is no reason for

The spokesperson of the European Union, Peter Stano, said that the member states, not the Government of Kosovo, decide to remove the punitive measures that the bloc has imposed on Kosovo.

Stano said on May 2 that the holding of votes in the municipalities in the north of Kosovo on April 21 was one of several conditions that the EU decided for the lifting of measures against Kosovo.

These votes, where citizens could choose whether or not they wanted to remove the Albanian presidents elected last year, failed due to insufficient voter turnout.

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said earlier on Thursday that the Government he leads has met all EU requirements for the removal of restrictive measures.

"When we imposed the measures, we said that they are temporary and can be removed. But, for this country, the EU member states, not the Government of Kosovo. The measures were not put in place for just one reason, but for several. Discussions about this are ongoing in the EU and the member countries will decide if the measures will be lifted and when, will they be lifted all or partially", said Stano.

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According to Stano, the decision for the possible lifting of measures against Kosovo requires a wider consensus throughout the EU.

"There are measures that have been imposed on Kosovo for specific reasons. When Member States decide to do so and the reasons no longer exist, they will decide to lift the measures again, gradually or entirely. But it is not only related to an incident or an event," he said.

The European Commission imposed punitive measures against Kosovo a year ago due to the escalation of the security situation in the north of the country.

The measures imposed by the EU on Kosovo included: the temporary suspension of the working groups for the Stabilization and Association Agreement, the non-invitation of Kosovo to high-level meetings and the suspension of bilateral visits.

Also, the programming of funds for Kosovo, which were planned to be delivered through the Investment Framework in the Western Balkans and IPA 2024 (Pre-Accession Instruments), was suspended.

After the punitive measures, Kosovo was left out of the grants that the EU approved in July last year, in the amount of 2.1 billion euros.

At the end of April, some diplomatic sources in the EU told Radio Free Europe that most of the bloc's sending states are in favor of lifting all measures against Kosovo, while a smaller number of states want them to be lifted. gradually.

According to these sources, no EU member state has expressed against the lifting of the measures.